Spiny softshell turtle nests are often destroyed by raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Young softshell turtles are eaten by raccoons, herons, and fish. Adults are killed and eaten only by humans, they have few natural predators. When bothered, spiny softshell turtles will extend their long necks and snap viciously at their attacker, inflicting a painful bite. They are wary and can hide themselves quickly.
- raccoons (Procyon lotor)
- striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
- red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)
- herons (Ardeidae)
- large predatory fish (Actinopterygii)
- humans (Homo sapiens)
Anti-predator Adaptations: cryptic